NAACP Image Awards: Barack Obama, D-Nice, ‘Bad Boys’ Among Winners

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Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter by Hilary Lewis and Kimberly Nordyke on March 22, 2021.

The 2021 NAACP Image Awards is announcing this year’s winners across more than 60 categories in streaming presentations across five nights ahead of the awards’ live show on BET and CBS on Saturday night.

On Monday, the NAACP presented awards in a number of literary and documentary categories as well as two special awards for activist and youth activist of the year.

Among the winners were John Lewis: Good Trouble for best documentary (film) and The Last Dance for best documentary (TV — series or special).

In addition, Keith McQuirter won best directing for a documentary (TV or motion picture) for By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem, while Melissa Haizlip won best writing in a documentary (TV or motion picture) for Mr. SOUL! …

[Nominees did not include editors or sound.]

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NAACP Image Awards Winners List: ‘I May Destroy You’, ‘The Forty-Year-Old Version’ and ‘The Old Guard’ Among Night 2 Honorees

Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by Dino-Ray Ramos on March 23, 2021.

The 52nd NAACP Image Awards kicked off on Monday with Barack Obama, Dawn Porter’s John Lewis: Good Trouble and the Michael Jordan docuseries The Last Dance among the first winners. On the second night, a new batch of winners was revealed.

Michaela Coel’s critically acclaimed I May Destroy you won for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series while Little Fires Everywhere writer Attica Locke took home the trophy for drama. On the feature side, Radha Blank snatched an Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture for the black & white artist Netflix dramedy The Forty-Year-Old Version.

The Image Awards also honored outstanding directing with Anya Adams winning for helming the “Hair Day” episode of black-ish and Hanelle Culpepper for the “Remembrance” episode of Star Trek: Picard. …

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NAACP Image Awards: ‘Soul,’ Trevor Noah Among Winners from Night 3 of Non-Televised Ceremonies

Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by Hilary Lewis and Kimberly Nordyke on March 24, 2021.

… On Wednesday night, Soul scooped up two awards: best animated movie and best character voice-over performance for star Jamie Foxx.

In addition, awards were handed out in a slew of TV categories. Among the winners were Red Table Talk, named best talk series; VERZUZ, best variety show (series or special); The New York Times Presents “The Killing of Breonna Taylor,” best news/information (series or special); and Family Reunion, best children’s program.

Trevor Noah was named best host in a talk or news/information (series or special) — individual or ensemble for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Black-ish star Marsai Martin won the award for best performance by a youth in a TV program, while P-Valley’s Loretta Devine won the award for best guest performance in a comedy or drama series. Two shows nabbed two awards each: Celebrity Family Feud won best reality program/reality competition or game show and Steve Harvey was named best host for a best reality program/reality competition, game show of variety (series or special) — individual or ensemble. And Doc McStuffins won best animated series as well as best character voice-over performance (TV) for Laya DeLeon Hayes. …

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NAACP Image Awards Winners List: Beyonce, Megan Thee Stallion, Chloe x Halle, ‘Soul’ Take Home Trophies on Night 4

Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by Dino-Ray Ramos on March 25, 2021.

Night 4 of the NAACP Image Awards was filled with music and Queen Bey was one of the top winners — as it should be.

Beyonce won two Image Awards: Outstanding Female Artist for “Black Parade” and Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album for  “Brown Skin Girl” which features WizKid, SAINt JHN, and heir to the Queen Bey throne, the one and only, Blu Ivy Carter.

The most-winning singer in Grammy history was also honored for her work with Megan Thee Stallion, whose track “Savage Remix” won Outstanding Hip Hop/Rap Song and Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (Contemporary). …

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Night 5 Award Honorees Include ‘Insecure’, ‘Black-ish’, ‘Power Book II: Ghost’, ‘Self Made’, ‘Ma Rainey’ and Chadwick Boseman

Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by Dino-Ray Ramos on March 26, 2021.

The fifth night of the NAACP Image Awards was populated with big wins for TV and film including Issa Rae’s critically acclaimed HBO series Insecure which won for Outstanding Comedy Series and the Starz Power-verse drama Power Book II: Ghost which was honored with Outstanding Drama Series.

Courtney A. Kemp’s Power Book II: Ghost also saw wins for Clifford “Method Man” Smith Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series while Mary J. Blige’s dramatic turn in the series took home Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

Black-ish won big when it came to comedic acting honors with Anthony Anderson scoring Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series while Deon Cole and Marsai Martin scored trophies for Supporting Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series respectively. …

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‘Bad Boys For Life’ Best Picture, D-Nice Entertainer of the Year; Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman Top Movie Acting Honors

Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by Patrick Hipes and Dino-Ray Ramos on March 27, 2021.

The 52nd annual NAACP Image Awards wrapped up a week of honors Saturday with a primetime ceremony in which it named the Will Smith-Martin Lawrence reteam Bad Boys for Life its Outstanding Motion Picture of the Year. D-Nice won the organization’s marquee Entertainer of the Year award, beating a field that also included Regina King, Viola Davis, Trevor Noah and Tyler Perry.

Other top winners in the two-hour show hosted by Anthony Anthony Anderson and airing live on BET and CBS and across the suite of ViacomCBS networks included two victories for Viola Davis, who took best actress in Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and drama series actress for her final season of How to Get Away with Murder. Chadwick Boseman, who won a supporting actor prize earlier this week, won again, taking the best actor prize for Ma Rainey, the same role that has him up for an Oscar.

Boseman had won earlier in the week in the Supporting Actor category for Da 5 Bloods. That, Ma Rainey, One Night in Miami and Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey were all up for the Best Picture prize, with voters going with the threequel of the hit action comedy that hit in 2020, 17 years after the last pic. …

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NAACP Image Awards: Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis Win for ‘Ma Rainey’ as Eddie Murphy, Stacey Abrams Honored on Final Night

The 2021 NAACP Image Awards crowned DJ D-Nice, who hosted hit socially distanced dance parties during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, with its top honor of Entertainer of the Year in an evening that featured numerous references to the coronavirus crisis.

There were also numerous references to voter suppression and the role of Black people in the results of the 2020 election, including helping Democrats flip the Senate with the wins of Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock in Georgia. Still, there was no mention of Georgia’s recently passed restrictive voting law, which Governor Brian Kemp signed on Thursday night.

The night kicked off with remote messages from President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris talking about the work the NAACP has done, with Harris detailing the work the Biden administration has done in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic….

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